It’s that time of the year again!
The proverbial: Out With The Old & In With The New, is one of the most iconic traditions associated with the start of a new year.
We make promises to ourselves, promises that we call resolutions. We call our attention to things we want to change or do better. Some of us may make commitments to better health, giving up a vice, or remembering to do the things we love. We wish you the best of luck in your personal New Years resolutions. To welcome in 2015, here are Town & Country Realty’s 5 New Year resolutions:
1.) Streamline your home: it’s easy to accumulate mountains of clutter and items that we may not necessarily need. This doesn't mean purge the entire home or office :o). We’re consciously making an effort to identify items that are outdated or unused. These items are being donated and put to better use. It is important to fill our homes & offices with things that create positive energy and remove those that cause stress.
2.) Safe and Sound: Our homes may appear to be healthy and beautiful, but are they really? Making sure our homes are safe is key and there are simple steps that can be taken to make sure our homes are safe. First, we decided to retest our home for radon. It’s easy and a kit costs as little as $20 at local hardware stores. Second, inspect the dryer to make sure all lint is removed from the crevices where it collects. Lint is highly combustible and is responsible for over 15,000 fires a year. Lastly, we’re making sure this home can breathe! Check to see if your bathrooms and attics vent outside; if not, mold can be a problem.
3.) Shrink your Bills and Carbon Footprint: Some of us may associate “going green” with solar panels and electric cars. There are additional ways of going green that lead to saving green $$$. For starters, switching off the lights when we leave a room is a big help in conserving energy. We switched as many recessed lights to LED – this was great! We’re also going to dry clothes on a clothesline a few more times this year. We’re also doing a heroic job of waiting until the dishwasher and washing machine are entirely full before running them (as long as I don’t wear out the washing machine….). Lastly, turning off power strips and unplugging unused electrical cords goes a long way as well.
4.) Work out a system to clean weekly: a clean home is a happy home, we all lead super busy lives and may not have the time or the motivation to clean our homes weekly. Developing a schedule or a system to clean our home will lead to a more positive home environment free of stress and negative energy. This process becomes much easier if we enlist the help of the family we share home with, subdividing chores goes a long way in maintaining a home's appearance. So, I am in charge of vacuuming every Sunday – with head phones & my favorite band.
5.) Get ready to entertain: many of us make a New Years resolution to spend more time with family and friends. Preparing a home to entertain does not involve remodeling the entire kitchen or replacing appliances; though what a temptation! In fact, making a home inviting and complete is as simple as adding a new plant, changing one pillow on the couch, or rearranging furniture to give the home a fresh feel. Be sure to break out the board games – fabulously great fun with friends & family!! These are several inexpensive ways to prepare our home for family and friends in 2015!